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SD Ag Dept., SD State University to host Beginning Farmer & Rancher Symposium

For the second year, the Beginning Farmer & Rancher Symposium, hosted by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) and South Dakota State University (SDSU) will be held on the SDSU Campus.

The event will run from noon to 5 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the SDSU Student Union in the Volstorff Ballroom. This is a free event and pre-registration is not required.

This one-of-a kind event will help answer many of the difficult questions that come up as our next generation looks to become active in the industry, whether in production agriculture or supporting agri-business operations.

The event boasts an excellent line-up including Dr. Barry Dunn, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences at SDSU, South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch and nationally recognized Keynote Speaker Jolene Brown, sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America.

According to Ty Eschenbaum of SDDA, “This event is geared to not only young producers looking to get started, but also their family members and established operators looking to make room for these new partners or to transition out of the business.”

The program includes various speakers as well as two panels covering the topics of finance and farm succession. Many organizations that have specific programs for young and beginning farmers will be on hand including individuals representing financial institutions, leadership programs, and commodity groups.

“It is critical to succession planning to entrust our youth with leadership roles today,” states Secretary Lentsch. “We must provide our next generation with the knowledge, resources and relationships necessary for them to succeed in the business of agriculture.”

Agriculture is South Dakota’s No. 1 industry, generating over $21 billion in annual economic activity and employing more than 122,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s mission is to promote, protect, preserve and improve this industry for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at or find us on Facebook at and Twitter @SDAgriculture.

–S.D. Dept. of Agriculture

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